A world of wonder from Les Ballets

Benjamin Millepied’s Closer is a duet danced to music by Phillip Glass.

February 2, 2014 22:38

BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTREAL performs Barak Marahall’s ‘Harry.’ . (photo credit: GREGORY BATARDON)

Tonight, Canadian dance company Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal will kick off their second tour in Israel with a performance at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center. The company will perform four times in Tel Aviv followed by one show each in Jerusalem and Haifa.

For this engagement, artistic director Louis Robitaille put together a three-part program including works by Benjamin Millepied, Barak Marshall and Wen Wei Wang. The program, which offers classical movement and music alongside theatricality and dynamics, showcases the diverse abilities of the dancers.

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Benjamin Millepied’s Closer is a duet danced to music by Phillip Glass. This simplistic and precise work is a perfect example of Millepied’s ability to do a lot using very little. Barak Marshall’s Harry continues the aesthetic and narrative lines that Marshall has become known for. Impossibly quick series of movements are danced to loud music. The costumes and makeup of Harry hark back to 1940’s Hollywood.

Wen Wei Wang’s Night Box is inspired by urban life. Wang’s choreography blends contemporary dance with the type of free movement associated with nightclubs.

For more information about the performances, visit www.bjmdanse.ca.

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